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Sunday, January 1, 2006

Rotorcraft Report: HAL Defends Dhruv After Crash

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HAL Defends Dhruv After Crash

Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. is defending its Advanced Light Helicopter Dhruv after an apparent tail-rotor failure Nov. 29. All variants of the aircraft were grounded afterwards.

The pilot reportedly suffered the failure about 1100 local time while flying at 5,000 ft. near Karimnagar in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. He landed the aircraft safely. All six occupants were unharmed. HAL's rotary-wing chief test pilot, Wing Commander C.D. Upadhyay, was quoted as saying the failure was traced to a problem with that particular aircraft and was not common to the Dhruv fleet

"The accident has certainly proved the crashworthiness of the ALH," Air Marshal (Ret'd) K. Sridharan, president of the Rotary Wing Society of India, was quoted as saying.

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